Sacramento Partners with Autonomous Vehicle Technology Leaders Deepen AI and Foresight AI on Innovative Transportation Initiative
Sacramento is taking a leading role in defining regulations and operating procedures to ensure a safe and faster rollout of autonomous technologies.
Sacramento, Deepen and Foresight believe that various autonomous technologies -- including robo taxis, fixed route autonomous shuttles,and autonomous delivery robots or drones -- will share safety regulations. By ensuring similar minimum requirements for safety and regulatory guidelines, cities can enable faster adoption of safe autonomous technologies.
Sacramento, CA, January 8, 2019
Under an agreement announced today, the City of Sacramento willpartner with Deepen AI, Inc. and Foresight AI, Inc. on a project designed to speed the development and safe deployment of autonomous vehicle (AV) technology for the benefit of the city.
The project will use Deepen’s 2D and 3D annotation technology, and Foresight AI’s proprietary dynamic HD map building solution. The three-month effort is slated to begin in February 2019, and will focus on building high-definition, 3D maps for three demonstration routes within the city.
Recognizing that fusing 2D, 3D, and HD data together into detailed and accurately annotated maps is a critical step to enabling safe and reliable autonomous vehicle systems, the City of Sacramento, through its Office of Innovation & Economic Development, is partnering with Deepen and Foresight to create seed maps that the City can share with AV manufacturers-- e.g., carmakers like GM or Tesla. City-created maps of these key routes will help advance the local efforts of other individual technology and robotics companies and will speed the safe and reliable deployment of AV systems within the city.
AV systems rely on precise, accurately labeled map data about the routes they run on as a foundation for safe operation. Such detailed reference maps provide the crucial foundation upon which additional real-time live elements (e.g., pedestrians, other vehicles, weather conditions, etc.) are perceived and safely navigated. Deepen AI’s annotation technology uses advanced artificial intelligence algorithms, combined with humans-in-the-loop, to ensure that every physical element on or around the route is identified and accurately labeled for the AV’s software.
The Deepen team will annotate ground-truth data captured by Foresight AI drones, which are deployed with advanced sensing technologies, such as lidar, cameras, survey-grade GPS, and inertial measurement units. Foresight will process the multi-sensor data collected over the designated routes and generate high-definition, highly-accurate, colorized, 3D maps. Foresight AI will also provide a web-based data portal for exploring and visualizing the 3D map data with open access to everyone.
The project will initially focus on three demonstration routes chosen by Sacramento: (1) the Downtown Loop, a 1.7 mile loop covering J Street and L Street from 10th Street to 19th Street; (2) the Sacramento State AV Shuttle Route, 1.2 miles linking University/65th Street Station to a Folsom Boulevard/65th Street/Elvas Avenue loop; and, (3) the Franklin-24th Loop, 3.5 miles of Franklin Boulevard, Fruitridge Road, 24th Street, and Sutterville Road.
Autonomous vehicle (AV) technology has the promise of easing traffic congestion, lowering greenhouse gas emissions, reducing injuries, saving lives, and improving the quality of life for Sacramento citizens. AV systems development will also bring jobs and economic opportunities to the area. With this partnership with Deepen and Foresight, as well as other initiatives sponsored by the City, Sacramento is positioning itself to be a leader in support of new mobility technologies, including the safe deployment of AVs. This effort has been spearheaded by Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui, Sen. Richard Pan, and Sacramento Kings co-owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé.
“We are attracting the attention of urban technology startups because of our willingness to develop alongside them, This partnership allows us to continue shaping Sacramento into an autonomous-ready city.”
Sacramento Chief Innovation Officer Louis Stewart.
“Foresight AI is pleased to partner with Deepen and The City of Sacramento and contribute our advanced drone-mapping services to help expedite the introduction of AVs in California’s capital city, Foresight is thrilled to offer our unique aerial-based data collection services and accurate, 3D, high-definition, colorized maps via a web-based portal to Sacramento and all its future development partners.
Foresight’s founder and CEO, Chang Yuan.